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Victoria’s Suraj Bangarh, who was crowned the International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) World Super lightweight champion last week, has officially retired from the sport of kickboxing.

The Peterec’s Muay Thai Centre athlete intended all along to retire after earning the world title, so that he could focus on a career in law enforcement.

Bangarh was to fight in November 2015 against Carl Hand of Ireland for the title and retire at that time, however, Hand had to withdraw due to injury. Bangarh would have to wait for a title fight and wait to retire.

Bangarh was finishing up a diploma program in Victoria and his final exams were scheduled for end of April. His second chance at the world title fight would take place on April 22nd. A fight card was put on at Pearkes Recreation Centre.

Masa Satou of Okinawa, Japan and several other fighters from their club flew to Victoria for the Warriors fight card – the main event was the Bangarh – Satou fight – and they did not disappoint, with Bangarh winning his world title by unanimous decision, dominating the Japanese fighter from the opening bell.

Asked how he could think about retiring shortly after earning the title Bangarh said, “I know it is hard to, especially after a night like this, but if it was my last fight, this was the way to do it, going out on top.”

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